Career Development Opportunities

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Public Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Vector-Borne Biologist, California Department of Public Health

DESCRIPTION: Under direction by the Northern Region Supervising Public Health Biologist, Vector-Borne Disease Section, the incumbent will independently conduct vector-borne disease prevention, surveillance, and control activities in a designated region and elsewhere in California as required. The incumbent will conduct the more difficult and highly specialized epidemiological investigations and disease surveillance in the assigned area; plan, organize, and carry out applied research and other projects on vector-borne diseases; maintain contact with managers and scientific staff of vector control agencies, Health Officers, and Directors of environmental health programs; and provide training, technical assistance, consultation, and related activities for vector-borne disease prevention.

QUALIFICATIONS: Three years of experience in public health biology, one of which must have been in vector biology and control in a health agency or other related private industry. (Possession of a graduate degree in a biological science or closely related specialty may be substituted for the experience on the basis of two years of experience for a master’s degree or three years of experience for a doctorate degree.) and Education: Graduation from college with a baccalaureate degree in a biological or closely related science.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete application package by June 25, 2021.

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POSITION: Research Insect Pathologist/Entomologist

DESCRIPTION: The USDA-ARS Emerging Pests & Pathogens Research Unit in Ithaca, NY on Cornell University’s campus has a new position open for a Research Insect Pathologist/Entomologist. Incumbent is responsible for research on the biology and integrated management of insect pests and insect-vectored diseases. Research will focus on host-pathogen interactions between insects and a variety of agents, and use of the information to develop novel, bio-intensive IPM systems.

QUALIFICATIONS: Degree: Entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology. OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major that included course work in entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply through position control number 602773400. Applications due June 24, 2021.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Research Associate, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking an organized, detail-oriented, and motivated individual to investigate the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in New York through their Citizen Science Program (Upstate Tick Testing Program).

QUALIFICATIONS: Individual with demonstrated experience in tick surveillance and pathogen testing is preferred. Minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences or a related field.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or informal discussion, please reach out to

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POSITION: Assistant Professor - Vector Biology, University of Flordia (2 positions)

DESCRIPTION: 9-month tenure-accruing positions that will be 90% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 10% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service,, available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, of the University of Florida. Duties will include research and extension focusing on the biology and control of vectors and vector-borne pathogens with emphasis on vector physiology, behavior, or management / surveillance. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department UF-IFAS.

QUALIFICATIONS: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a relevant biological science is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Application information available through University of Florida Interfolio.

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POSITION: Associate/Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics

DESCRIPTION: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics invites applicants to apply for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure eligible track). The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in human Parasitology and Medical Zoology in both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School, serve as an academic advisor to both master’s and doctoral level students, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees for students in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School.

QUALIFICATIONS: The incumbent must bring to this position a minimum of a doctoral degree (M.D. DO, PhD) from an accredited institution.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Application information available through HigherEdJobs.

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POSITION: Research Associate I, Pathology Research, University of Texas Medical Branch

DESCRIPTION: The research associate will assist in the laboratory study of vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on Rickettsia and Ehrlichia bacterial species and tick-borne viruses. Studies will be focused on the epidemiology of tick- and flea-borne bacterial and viral pathogens in conjunction with academic and public health collaborators. Tasks will include basic microbiologic techniques, growth and propagation of various rickettsial species, basic molecular and immunodiagnostic techniques, and the field collection of arthropod vectors.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent. Experience in cellular immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, cell culture and sterile technique preferred.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Submit application through UTMB Health online portal for position TAM_73344.

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POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral / Fellowships

POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Hamer Lab, Texas A&M

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more research projects including the evaluation of mosquito and tick control interventions, triatomine vector biology and control, mosquito and triatomine transmission experiments, and high containment research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, veterinary medicine or related fields. Strong quantitative skills are required and candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to lead data analyses and contribute to proposal writing.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to:

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the biology of arbovirus transmission at the vector-host-virus interface.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will use molecular, immunological and imaging methods. Individual with demonstrated experience in viral immunology and imaging is preferred. Enthusiastic individual should also have: (1) strong interest in the lab’s research; (2) willingness to work with BSL-3 agents within BSL-3/ABSL-3/ACL-3 laboratories; and (3) possess strong verbal/written communication &organizational skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or an informal discussion, contact Dr. Saravanan Thangamani at

POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Carolina

DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, this individual will assist in conducting NIH-funded research focusing on mosquito-Zika virus interactions using multidisciplinary approaches involving biochemical assays, mass spectrometry, viral genetics, CRISPR/Cas9 genetic screening, and in-vivo mosquito studies.

QUALIFICATIONS: The position requires a PhD in molecular biology or other biomedical sciences field with expertise in techniques related to proteomics and genomics research as well as gene editing and cell culture techniques; and excellent record-keeping and writing skills. This expertise could have been gained during the normal course of a doctoral degree program.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications due June 7, 2021.

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POSITION: ORISE Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC

DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is currently available with the One Health Office (OHO), Office of the Director (OD) at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.The selected participant will gain experience in the field of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, specifically those that involve the human-animal-environment interface, One Health, and COVID-19. The specific projects involve epidemiological, programmatic, and educational projects related to the prevention and control of zoonoses, and contributing to the development of guidance for use by human and animal health and other partners that can enhance surveillance, response, and prevention of zoonoses in the US and globally.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position start date is Spring 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due by May 14, 2021.

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Summer and Temporary Positions

POSITION: Field Technician Positions, University of Iowa

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at The University of Iowa is accepting applications for temporary hourly positions to conduct fieldwork in tick borne diseases to work with the Petersen lab group. Duties will include distributing oral vaccine baits, live-trapping and collecting samples from small mammals, assisting veterinary staff with sample collection from dogs, and dragging field sites to collect ticks. There is potential to learn tick identification as well. The field season begins in mid-May 2021 and runs through August with flexibility to meet academic calendars. Salary is based on education and previous experience. Housing and a vehicle for field use will be provided. Job requirements are a strong work ethic and positive attitude. Experience with mouse-handling, tick dragging, and fieldwork would be helpful but not required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: If interested, please send an email with your CV, cover letter, and names of three references to Julia Poje and Dr. Christine Petersen.

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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Biology of Vector-Borne Disease Course, University of Idaho

The third annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, 2021. This six-day course, offered through the University of Idaho, is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit

Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

Join us in 2021 for a six-month program that will guide you in identifying your current areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Each month of the program will focus on a unique theme in leadership and soft-skill development. Deadline for application submission is May 23, 2021.

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Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers

American Public Health Association


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center

Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site

Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network

New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements

Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs

Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities

Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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We are eager to work with partners in our region to promote opportunities in career development and training in vector-borne disease and public health. If you have an opportunity you would like us to share, please contact us today!